FINNEGANS WAKE: PAGE 008

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7.36 Hence when the clouds roll by, jamey, a proudseye view is
8.1 enjoyable of our mounding's mass, now Wallinstone national
20 museum, with, in some greenish distance, the charmful water- <
20 loose country and the two quitewhite villagettes who hear show
20 of themselves so gigglesomes minxt the follyages, the prettilees! (7.36-8.8)

¶0 The clouds refer back to 7.29-30 “peer yuthner in yondmist”: so, when the mist goes away, you can see the hill of Howth, here become the Willingdome museum.

• Who are the two quitewhite villagettes? I think two possibilities (and possibly two pairs of people coupled here together). First, the two washerwomen of chapter 1.8. Second, the two witnesses to the Phoenix Park incident. I lean more greatly toward the latter because of the word “minxt”: minxit is Latin for “she urinated”: which sets off a possible event for Phoenix Park: the two girls are urinating in the bushes and HCE is masturbating while watching them. (I say “possible” there because I am not now sure if there is ever established even by majority weight one answer to the event; since it exists primarily through rumor, gossip, and tale, it could legitimately through its variations, not through its core truth.)

 

5 Penetrators are permitted into the museomound free.

The Phoenix Park reference cues this sentence and establishes what I see as the primary context of the Museyroom episode: that of hierosgamos, the mythic sexual union of the fundamental male and female principles that creates the cosmos. The Willingdone Museyroom – which is the "mounding mass" of Howth (8.1) – appears as the female counterpart to the male Wellington Monument: thus, "penetrators" – lovers – are permitted free. (There is the pun there on “perpetrators” as well.) It is this context, coupled with:

  • phrases like “poussepousse pousseypram” (8.7), aurally repeated at 11.12-13: “picking here, pecking there, pussypussy plunderpussy
  • that Kate holds the “passkey supply to the janitrix” (8.8) which is Latin for a female doorkeeper (McHugh), but puns on “genitrix” (the biological mother of a child)

That creates for me the context that we are entering the womb of ALP, the eternal woman. Though, that is not the only context. We are also yet within the wars of heaven and earth – conflict and chaos being inherent to the feminine principle – and, on a more mundane level (continuing with the movement that opens the paragraph from the mythic world of Finn to the "contemporary" London of Humphrey Chimpden, within the bedroom of Humphrey Chimpden and Anna Livia: the Museyroom episode is, after all, an extended sex scene.

 

7.36 Hence when the clouds roll by, jamey, a proudseye view is
8.01 enjoyable of our mounding's mass, now Wallinstone national
8.02 museum,

• I want to give note to the pun: "Wallinstone": Wall in stone. Once again there is reference that connects Anna Livia with the Magazine Wall.

 

20 For her passkey supply to the janitrix, the mistress Kathe. Tip.

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20      This the way to the museyroom. Mind your hats goan in!